WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — For the first time in eight months, Williamsport Area School District fans are able to attend games, in person.
“We just want people to be smart, be safe, follow the rules, and enjoy the opportunity they have to be here and watch the event,” said Sean McCann, Athletics Director, WASD.
One of the largest high school venues in the region, STA Stadium’s 65-hundred person capacity means roughly 1300 people will be allowed in for the Millionaire’s next home game on October 16, including those on the field.
“We are including the band, the cheerleaders, the opposing team, the media and stuff so we wanted to leave an allotment for that. Hopefully between eight and 900 people in the stands for the Williamsport football games,” said McCann.
Those numbers follow the latest state guidelines on large gatherings.
Earlier this week, the governor announced stadiums that hold between 2,000 and 10,000 fans could fill up to 20% capacity.
WASD Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers expressed support for the decision.
“We’re excited to be able to welcome back more of our Millionaire fan base. As we do so, we would appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we continue to follow and enforce the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines of proper masking and social distancing at our venues with respect to the safety of those attending,” said Bowers.
McCann says the ambiance has been missed more than anything.
“I’m happy for the parents; they’ve put a lot of time and effort into things. And having the marching band, they’ve been working hard since the summertime. To have them be able to stay for the game and play and support the team, I’m really looking forward to that atmosphere next Friday night,” said McCann.